Each Saterday there is a open air market at Harderwijk from 8.30am till 1.00pm. Here you find the typical Dutch products as cheese, flowers and ‘stroopwafels’ (sweat waffels with sirop). All loudly announced by the vendors.
The most easiest way is to go there by bike, because there are not many parking spaces.
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The Open Air Museum captures the history
Dutch Open Air Museum captures the history. In authentic buildings, objects and true stories. They take you on a journey through time. Two centuries ago until very recently. There is plenty of life in the museum. On the farmyards, in the farms, houses and mills, the wine taverns and shops.
The museum is located in a beautiful park on the outskirts of the lively city of Arnhem. The people working there are proud of their heritage. They tell inspiring stories about the old days.
Are your kids ‘at work’ on the kindererf or prefer to play on the beautiful square Zaanse? Are the pancakes with powdered sugar, hearty homemade soup, or yet that fresh bun from the bakery? And how we travel today? Grab the historical tram or walk through time.
Back to the past
Literally step back into the atmosphere of the old days and get acquainted with the Dutch and their history.
Travel directions: Travel directions to Openluchtmuseum
The Palace is closed!
They are ‘Open, just not as usual’. You are more than welcome in the gardens, stables, restaurants and at the many events!
Route: Paleis het Loo
A mystery lies at the centre of the Noordoostpolder: the former island of Schokland. An archaeological monument full of beautiful treasures. A place between land and water, where people lived for centuries, engaged in a constant struggle against nature. Discover the hidden past of the Schokland World Heritage site.
The Schokland World Heritage Site is an island on dry land in the polder landscape of the Noordoostpolder. The island is 4 kilometres long and 300-500 metres wide. The total World Heritage Site is more than 1,300 hectares. On Schokland there is a Museum and a Visitor Centre – ‘De Gesteentetuin’.
Travel directions: Travel directions Schokland
Harderwijk has a nice swimmingpool. There is a playground and there is a large slide. Look at the website for actual opening hours. It is very easy to reach by bike.
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It’s also possible to swim in lake ‘Veluwe’. Especially at ‘Horst’ it is very nice. Here you also can wind surfing and kite surfing.
Urk is a nice little authentic fishing village on the former Zuiderzee, Now IJsselmeer. Many people are still walking in traditional costume. A similar village is Volendam. This is a bit more touristy and a bit further away from Harderwijk. Urk is 45 minute drive from Harderwijk. It is very worthwhile to watch it. Urk combines well with Schokland.
Travel directions: Travel directions Urk
The Batavia is one of the showpieces of Batavialand! Imagine yourself back in the 17th century and step aboard the reconstruction of this beautiful VOC ship. Our guides tell stories about the journey of the Batavia with passion.
The reconstruction of the VOC-ship ‘The Batavia’
The reconstruction of the Batavia was an initiative of shipbuilding master Willem Vos. The construction started in 1985, in which Willem Vos led in an inspiring way a changing group of youngsters and the entire construction of the ship. Starting points were an authentic rebuilding, using original materials and a method of construction in the traditional way. The ship is entirely made of Danish oak and is decorated with several hundred hand-carved statues and ornaments. Also rigging and artillery were reconstructed.
On April 7, 1995, Queen Beatrix christened this ship ‘Batavia’, after which it was set up. Since then, the Batavia can be visited every day in Lelystad.
About the Batavia
The original Batavia was built in 1628 on behalf of the Dutch East India Company at the Peperwerf in Amsterdam. It was a return ship, specially designed to take the long trip to and from the Dutch East Indies. However, on June 4, 1629, the ship perished on its first voyage off the coast of Western Australia.
Next to the warf there is the largest outlet mall of the Netherlands: Bataviacity
Route: VOC-ship Batavia
The Kinderdijk is a bit further away (one hour away), but is definitely worth driving! The small village of Kinderdijk has 19 windmills and attracts tourists from all over the world. The mills were built around 1740. In 1997 Unesco put the area on the World Heritage List of cultural-historical objects.
In one day you can very well combine Kinderdijk with the popular and modern city Rotterdam.
Travel directions: Kinderdijk
Story of a rich culture
The Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen revives the stories of people who once lived on the shores of the Zuiderzee. See, hear, taste and smell everyday life around the Zuiderzee as it was before the Afsluitdijk (IJsselmeer Barrier Dam) changed the sea into the IJsselmeer in 1932. The Zuiderzee Museum is oriented toward the history, the current situation and the future of this area. It focuses upon the themes of water, crafts and communities. This story is visualized in the Outdoor Museum with historical buildings, and in the Indoor Museum with thematic exhibitions.
The Museum ferry carries you across the IJsselmeer to the Outdoor Museum where you can take a walk through history. The open-air section covers 15 acres and accommodates authentic buildings from the former Zuiderzee region, such as a church, a fish-curing shed, a mill, a cheese warehouse, shops and dwelling houses from the surrounding fishing villages. You can help craftspeople in the Marker harbour making nets, produce a rope at the rope-maker’s workplace, give the housemaid a hand, or enter into a conversation with the ‘inhabitants’ from the former island of Urk. A number of presentations offer a modern interpretation of traditional crafts, materials and themes.
The Indoor Museum is the treasure chamber of the Zuiderzee. Temporary exhibitions display the rich collection of the Museum. For example the exhibition Journey around the Zuiderzee presents highlights of the collection and personal stories of life in villages around the former Zuiderzee. The Indoor Museum also has the largest collection of wooden ships in the Netherlands. These historical wooden ships belong to the most extraordinary items in the Museum’s collection. With history, photography, traditional costume, design and an attractive and educational family exhibition, the Indoor Museum offers something for everyone.